An utterly delicious Napa Valley Cabernet, reminiscent of a Saint-Julien Bordeaux from a rich, rounded vintage. Blueberry and black cherry fruit greet you as you put your nose in the glass, and they are lent coolness and subtlety by nuances of black tea, raspberry leaf, allspice and creamy oak. In the mouth it has a lovely, fresh, juicy character with just enough tannin to remind you that this is a serious wine that could last a good number of years, if only you can keep your hands off it - since it is such a joy to drink already. Enjoy at your leisure immediately and over the next decade.
2015 Organic Sun and Moon Pinot Noir, Seresin Estate
£ 53.70 GBP
2018 Righteous FG Shiraz,Teusner
Intense black fruits, plum and blueberry aromatics give way to layers of dark chocolate, licorice and warm spices while hints of charcuterie add extra complexity. The fine oak tannins focus in on the palate, driving a line of dark, rich fruit before relaxing in confident fashion to unveil savoury complexity and a long finish.
This both looks and smells dark purple. On the nose, whortleberry, aronia and purple grape at first; revealing nuances of clove, star anise, stargazer lily, musk, leather and iron as it opens in the glass. In the mouth, it is super-refined: intense and concentrated in flavour, while having gorgeous soft succulence of texture. There is a sprinkling of powdery tannin - discernible but oh so delicate. Undoubtedly a great wine, it would be intriguing to watch this evolve for 15 years or longer - but it's oh-so irresistible already. Utterly harmonious. Farvie Syrah is a selection of fruit picked exclusively from the 'morning' side of the vine rows, which ripens more slowly and gently than fruit exposed to the afternoon sun.